Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: The Great White North, almost.
JES rebores/rerifles, and rechambers in tbe new caliber. Most go with his 3 button rifling as it is less expensive.
I do not think I have heard of a single un-satisfied customer yet. He has done a whole slew of Win 94 lever guns in .30-30 to .38-55 or a wildcat .35-30-30. Essentially a .30-30 necked up to shoot .35 caliber bullets. Those who go that way fire form a loaded .30-30 in the gun which blows out the brass. Then use a .35 Rem or similar die to set bullets, and only neck size from then on. 3 in a half inch to 3/4's of an inch at 100 is about average from what I have heard. He cranks out real shooters.
But, he is old, set in his ways, there are things he will do and things he won't try.
Cost would be around 250$ plus shipping the barrel to him.
Best solution if interested is to google JES reboring get the ;phone number and call until you catch him.
I have a 1944 built Win 94 that looks great on the outside, but has a sewer pipe bore. My first 9 shots from a rest at 25 yards one touched paper. The other 8 are lost in space. I have not commited to this project yet because I don't need another rifle with iron sights. At 67 my eyes refuse to focus on anything with iron sights over 50 yards. And grafting a Red Dot sight on a classic gun like that just goes against my grain.
But JES is not the only guy that rebores, relines or rifles barrels. Considering the .243 your starting with I'd be thinking about things like .257 roberts.
Lots of options out there, just takes some digging to find them.
Interests wide and widely varying.
Happily married 18 years. Retired on SS with lots of time to spend.
Started with .223 Ultra Bull barrel. Added .357 Talo barrel. Added an action and stock set bought here, 7.62x39 barrel. Then bought complete guns .444 Marlin and .300 Blackout. Leaving me at 4 complete rifles plus a barrel. Plus a 9mm stub job bought here, and I have been finding and buying H&R shotguns at our local pawn shop where they seem to go cheap.